>”Unbelievable Mayhem At D2 West Regionals As Leaders Are Directed In Wrong Direction”

>“The thing was is that the front runners of the first race got absolutely f***ed over. The race went on for between 5k-6k and most of the people that were in the lead pack ended up surging back up to the front after the turn-around, in essense just draining the f*** out of them.

This race was such a f***ed up experience I can’t even explain it. I was one of the runners in the chase pack, and just seeing Scotty Bauhs and Cheseto coming back yelling to go the other way was such a f***ed up feeling. Why they didn’t just stop the race right then I don’t know, but it was so f***ed up because now you go from being like 8-9th to 100th or so, and you’re just running through the trees because the course is only about 2 or 3 people wide at most.

It just sucks because this is a REGIONAL race where people are putting everything on the line, all the training and everything this year for this race to make nationals (at least was my case). And then to have it so royally f***ed up like this is just such a shitty experience. It just didn’t seem real when it was happening.”

– anonymous D2 runner posting on the message board at letsrun.com about his experience in the West Regional that will be remembered for ages due to the chaos that resulted after course officials directed the leading men runners in the wrong direction. When they realized it, the runners were forced to scramble through woods and try to pass the rest of the field in a path that was only wide enough for two or three people to catch back up. Amazingly, the main pack slowed down Tour De France style to let the big dogs get back in the position that they should be in. But by then the race officials decided to stop the race after the 3 mile mark and re-run it two hours later.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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